Sit down for this one: Commander Stresses Iran’s Capability to Overhaul, Optimize Fighter Jets
An Iranian Air Force commander announced here on Tuesday that the country overhauls and optimizes different types of military aircraft, mentioning that Air Force has even installed Iran-made radar systems on the sophisticated F14 fighter jets…
Referring to the promotion of the systems and capabilities of F14 fighter jets, Nasirzadeh said, “…today we have a new generation of F14 fighters at our service, and its radar system has been upgraded by our local experts.”
Reiterating that the new radar system has been built and installed on the F14 fighter jets by the Iranian personnel, the General added, “Therefore, we can enhance and upgrade it (radar) continuously.
The commander also pointed out that his forces have even upgraded the jet engines of F14, and said considering the numerous alterations that Iran has made to the radar system and the engines of F14, it can be said that what Iranian Air Force now has is a new generation of the globally known version of F14.
What this probably means is that they’ve managed to keep a few radars and/or engines on some of their Tomcats running well enough to keep flying.
Here’s an Iranian F-14 in the air from a show in 2006: